The S600 is a delightful little machine that was produced by Honda from 1964 through 1966. It was offered in a fastback coupe, but the most popular model was definitely the roadster version. In fact, the roadsters outnumber the coupes by ten to one. These plucky little drop-tops were powered by a 606-cc engine that produced a little under 60 horsepower.
Since the car only weighs about 1,600 pounds, that number is plenty for a lot of people. Some, however, would like a little more, and that's precisely what Jay Leno is staring down in the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage: more.
The car in question is a 1964 Honda S600, which is pretty beat up. You could say it's seen better days, but we'd tend to disagree with you because these days it's been fitted with a power upgrade. Under the hood sits a 1,000-cc engine plucked from a 2007 Honda CBR 1000RR motorcycle. That is paired with the bike's gearbox and the power is sent out back by way of a BMW two-piece driveshaft.
At each corner sit larger tires and wheels than the standard S600 would normally see fitted. The suspension is also plucked from motorcycle bits, as is the gauge cluster inside the car. The owner, Matt Brown, even states that the car might be more motorcycle than car at this point.
It's a wonderful way to give a ratty S600 new life. This is true hot rodding, and we're happy that Leno randomly came across Brown while at the Rock Store in Los Angeles. Much of the video is simply the noise of the car as it wails along at 12,000 rpm... which is all the more we've been looking for.